Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Oh my

Everyone warned me about fatigue: apparently, this is one of the most common side effects of chemotherapy. I thought I'd done quite well - I'd always feel tired a few days after treatment but I'd bounce back afterwards. As it turns out, I didn't actually know the meaning of fatigue till it properly hit me yesterday.

Since yesterday afternoon I have been incapable of staying up more than two hours; this morning, I pushed it and nearly passed out. I was in the middle of tidying up the children's bathroom when this wave of fatigue hit me and my vision doubled. I had to quickly rush to the bedroom where I lay down immediately and fell asleep. It's a very odd sensation - I feel tired, very weak and almost constantly dizzy. When I make any effort to do anything, I get palpitations... I'm finding it difficult to concentrate and even this blog is proving to be such an effort to write.

I've always found sleep elusive; even when pregnant, or with newborns, I could never take afternoon naps. I always envied those who could fall asleep as soon as their head touches their pillow. However, now that I find myself in the same situation, I'm very frustrated. I can't get anything done - all I want to do is lie down. Sleep is lovely when you make the decision to have it, but when you have no choice, it just gets in the way...


  1. I know it's hard but I think you might just have to give in for a bit and accept the sleepiness until your body bounces back from this latest round?? If you push yourself maybe you might just prolong the tiredness? And dizziness and palpatations are NOT nice. It sounds rotten especially for someone as proactive as you. I think I'd be better at the sleepy duvet thing than you!!! Take care. This WILL pass. Lxxx

  2. Argh, I hate those days when fatigue gets the better of me. Sometimes, right in the middle of doing something, I just feel so tired and

  3. I guess all you can do is make the best of the situation and catch up on sleep. I'm sure the house will still be okay without the daily cleaning that you do. Rest woman!!!
    Alan- Hahaha!! you are so nakakainis.....